By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has given the clearest indication yet that he will sign a new contract at Arsenal and expects to make a decision "by the end of August".
On Sunday, the 57-year-old Frenchman begins his 11th full season in charge of the Emirates Stadium side. His contract runs out at the end of the campaign and speculation has been rife for the past six months over whether he would sign a new one.

Now it appears Wenger will be sorting out his future before the end of this month or the start of September at the latest.

"It will be soon, two weeks or three weeks," he said.
"There is a need to do [it] before the end of August because I do not want that to be a handicap for the success of the team. It could be used to question [that] a little bit.

"I do not want my players to find these kind of excuses. I have a responsibility towards the fans, the players, the club. I have worked here for 10 years, and I want to stand up for that. I know that it is something important."

According to Wenger, any delay now is down to only "the speed of the negotiations of the contract.
"There are always two parties in that and you can not always decide," he went on. "Also sometimes the lawyers are on holiday, so you wait one more week.

"For me that is not a big problem."

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Richard Clarke 10 Aug 2007